CHAMPAIGN – Laura DeBruler pounded 15 kills, Johannah Bangert chipped in eight blocks and the Illini volleyball team won its 11th straight match, 25-19, 25-12, 25-19 against Michigan State on Saturday night.
Next up for the fifth-ranked Illini: a trip to No. 1 Penn State, winner of 91 consecutive matches.
Staff writer Jeff Huth's weekly review and preview of all things Illini:
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The block party continues for the Illinois volleyball team.
One night after blocking a season-high 19 shots, the No. 8 Illini stopped 16 more while sweeping Iowa 25-23, 25-15, 25-22 Saturday night. The victory was Illinois' seventh in a row, matching its longest winning streak of the season. The Illini (16-3) completed the first half of the Big Ten race in a tie for second place with No. 9 Minnesota at 8-2.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Angela Bizzarri won the White race at the Pre-Nationals Invitational cross-country meet on Saturday, leading No. 18 Illinois to fifth place in the 37-team field.
The Illini senior finished the 6-kilometer event in 20 minutes, 27.8 seconds – the No. 3 overall time behind Blue race champion Jenny Barringer (19:50.9) of Colorado and runner-up Susan Kuijken (20:20.8) of Florida State.
Freshman diver sets school mark in season debut
CHAMPAIGN – After playing three consecutive five-set matches, the No. 12 Illinois volleyball team made quick work of Indiana on Saturday night at Huff Hall.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Kylie McCulley had 22 kills and No. 12 Illinois rallied from two sets down to defeat No. 6 Michigan 21-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-11 on Saturday.
ROME – Michael Phelps had every reason to be satisfied after the Beijing Olympics. Yet he kept insisting there was more to do in the pool.
Even coming off his longest layoff and the embarrassment of being photographed inhaling from a marijuana pipe, Phelps turned in another remarkable performance over eight days at the Foro Italico. He completed it Sunday night by helping the U.S. 400-meter medley relay team set the 43rd world record of the fastest meet in history. Champaign Central product Tyler McGill swam the butterfly leg in the event preliminaries and was awarded a gold medal for his efforts.
ROME — He defiantly spit out a mouthful of water, climbed atop the lane rope, pumped his fists furiously and tugged on that supposedly inferior swimsuit.
The message was clear: Don't mess with Michael Phelps.
ROME – Tyler McGill, a former star swimmer at Champaign Central, clocked 51.07 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly Friday and advanced to the finals at the FINA World Swimming Championships.
McGill's time was the eighth fastest in the semifinals.
Former Champaign Central star one step away from 100-meter butterfly final